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The Black Horse Inn Restaurant

Pilgrims Way, Thurnham, Maidstone ME14 3LD, England
+44(0)1622 737185
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Ranked #1 of 1 restaurants in Thurnham
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: British, Pub
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Nestling in the picturesque North Downs it���s hard to believe that Maidstone is only a stones throw away from Thurnam���s Black Horse Inn. Looking from the outside like the most traditional pub in Britain ��� white washed, tile hung, sash windowed, sign swinging in the breeze ��� inside will come as no great shock. In winter you���ll find a roaring fire in the imposing brick fireplace, dried hops drape from the ceiling and antiquey dark wood is in abundance. In summer diners can head outside to a paradise of shadey pergolas, ponds and green lawn or eat in the conservatory. Homegrown produce is key in a sophisticated menu which combines traditionalism with contemporary dining with impressive results.
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70% Recommend
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English first
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Frendly staff, menu deceiving. On the starters I went for the hock with home made pickle, wow disappointed when two small breadcrumbed discs were presented to me, as for the main Romney Marsh lamb, again disappointed two small chunks of fatty lamb and some vegetables. This establishment is very overrated and overpriced not value for money.

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West Malling, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I recently visited the Black Horse with my family, on a Saturday lunchtime. Unless money is no object I seriously would steer clear of this venue. A child's meal is £6.95, for a burger, chips and beans. My daughter had the burger and couldn't eat it because it was dry and over cooked. I think £6.95 for a child's meal... More

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Orpington, Kent
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Had lunch in this beautiful, full of character 18th Century free house situated on the Pilgrims Way. The gardens are lovely to sit in, and the bar featured beams, hops and open log fires. The menu was excellent, varied with lots of specials including some great fish, good draught beers and Chapel Down wines – all served with a smile.... More

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is the second time we had tried this pub, the first time being a Saturday lunchtime last November and we had a very lovely time and the food was good. Booked a table for my husband and I on the 3rd July 2014 as it was his birthday and we thought we would treat ourselves for an evening out.... More

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Harrietsham, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My wife and I were invited to attend a private charity dinner dance in the Black Horses function rooms in June 2014. This cost £50 per ticket and there were three well known medical charities being sponsored. I understood that the meal itself was charged at £37.50 per head, i.e. only 25% of the ticket price was going to the... More

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Rochester, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We booked a table and a room for Saturday evening. Very warm welcome on arrival and we were very pleasantly surprised by the size of our lodge. Very clean, good clear instructions for tv, heating and local amenities etc. We had pre-booked a table for dinner and although very busy (including a wedding) we were shown straight to our table... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We were staying locally and able to walk to this pub. We had such an excellent meal the first night, we decided to go back on our second night and third!!! You need to book to be sure to gea table at a time to suit as is very popular. Food was excellent and I was especially impressed as served... More

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stamford lincs
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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

We booked for Sunday lunch here as it was recommended by the locals for Father's Day, the prawn cocktail tasted like it was made up the day before just awful and the dinner itself was even worse the carrots were not peeled or cooked they looked like they had been pulled out of the ground and served in a dish... More

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North Wales
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119 reviews 119 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

I booked last minute, but was shown to my table promptly, in fact as I walked through the door I was asked if I'd just booked. The food was good, plenty of choice with some lovely sounding specials. My dessert took a while to arrive, however this wasn't really an issue as I was happy to sit and watch the... More

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We booked a last minute meal here, based on a recommendation from a friend, which turned out to be a great tip! The Black Horse is a really pretty old pub, in an ideal location. It's hard to believe this idyll is just a short drive from Maidstone. Our meal was very good, at a reasonable price for the quality... More

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